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Successfully installing Oracle Applications 11i on Windows 2000/NT, part 1

This tip can take you through the common steps of installing E-Business Suite on a Windows 2000/NT platform.

This tip is an excerpt from the paper "Tips on successfully installing Oracle Applications 11i on Windows 2000/NT" and is brought to you by the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG). Become a member of the IOUG to access the paper referenced here and a repository of technical content created for Oracle users by Oracle users.

Part 1: Pre-installation steps
Part 2: Using RapidWiz
Part 3: Post-installations steps

Oracle provides a utility, called RapidWiz, to automate the 11i Apps installation process. RapidWiz prompts the user for specific locations of prerequisite software, as well as the locations to install the underlying components used by the E-business suite. All three tiers are installed using this process. However, there are several pre-installation steps needed before evoking the utility. RapidWiz also provides a list for post-installation checks to verify a successful installation.

1. Review the latest "Installing Oracle Applications" and "Oracle Readme for Windows" documents
Before installing any Oracle product, you will need to review the installation documentation and the latest Readme file. Unfortunately, relying solely on these two resources could be a costly mistake. Our experience showed that the Readme file for Win 2K/NT did provide us with some necessary information that is not found in the install documents. However, several references are made to Oracle's Metalink support Web site. If you do not have a Metalink account, you can apply for one using your Customer Service Identifier (CSI) number. For specific maintenance release readme notes, refer to Metalink note: 215868.1.

2. Ensure you have enough disk space for the installation
The 11i application files use about 30 GB of space per instance. If you install the VISON demo database, you will need an additional 35.5 GB of space. If you install the pre-configured database, you will need an additional 21 GB of space. You will also need to allow room for patches, backups and any other necessary software packages particular to your environment.

3. Install prerequisite software for Windows 2K/NT 11i Apps environment
Several prerequisite software packages are needed to emulate the Unix environment before evoking the RapidWiz utility. The tools installed with this product are used in combination with the supplied scripts for proper system administration maintenance. When installing these tools, make sure that you do not install them under the APPL_TOP directory. Also, use a path name that does not have any spaces. If you install these tools using a path name with spaces (e.g. C:Program Files), the AD tools will not run properly. Below are the prerequisite software packages needed before installing the 11i Apps on Windows 2K/NT.

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Standard Edition
    The tools installed with this product are used for proper linking and relinking of the environment when using the AD tools. At the time of this document, Oracle does not support Visual C++ .NET. Per Metalink note 201392.1, you can purchase the .NET version of MS C++ and then request a downgrade to the C++ version 6.0 via Microsoft support.
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.3 or higher
    Oracle Applications 11.5.8 requires Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK) version, also referred to as the Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition or higher. You must install JDK 1.3 or higher on the HTTP server node before starting RapidWiz. You can download JDK 1.3 for Windows from the Sun download site.
  • MKS Toolkit for Developers 6.1 or higher
    The MKS Toolkit emulates a UNIX environment on the OS so that the AD scripts will run properly. Previously you could download a 30-day trial of the software however you now have to request an evaluation kit from You can use either version of the developer series Professional or Enterprise. For future reference and updates, refer to Metalink note: 148286.1. Some use the shareware tool Cygwin. However, Oracle Support maintains this it is not a supported alternative.
  • GNUMAKE versions 3.77 or Higher, excluding 3.79.0
    GNUMAKE is a shareware product needed for linking and relinking of the 11i environment when using the AD tools. You can download the latest copy of GNUMAKE at Once downloaded and unzipped, review the README file for directions on how to configure GNUMAKE for your environment. For future reference and updates refer to Metalink note: 117545.1.
After all prerequisite software has been installed; update your O/S "path" environment variable to include the executables for reference. You will need to bounce your server so that all tools can be used properly. Listed below are Metalink notes that may provide updated information to any prerequisite tools needed for the E-business suite on Windows NT/2K:
  • Note: 197028.1 Software Requirements and Tools for Oracle Applications Release 11i on NT/2000
  • Note: 208095.1 Installing Multiple Oracle Applications Release 11.5.7 or 11.5.8 Environments on a Single Windows NT/2000 Configuration
  • Note: 178132.1 11.5.x Install FAQ
  • Note: 182578.1 11.5.x Install Current Issues
  • Note: 132045.1 Release 11i Issues on NT
  • Note: 184162.1 Windows NT 11i Install Current Issues
  • Note: 112659.1 R11.5.7/R11.5.8 Upgrade and Install Issues
Other utilities we found to be useful in our environment include WinZip 8.1, Acrobat Reader 5.1, MDAC 2.6, and Iarsn TaskInfo 2003.

Part 2 covers tips for using RapidWiz.

About the Author: Richard Stroupe has been an Oracle DBA for more than six years working with core and Apps technologies. He is the founder of TRS Consulting LLC, a Northern Virginia based Oracle consulting firm specializing in advanced Oracle solutions and training for various government and commercial organizations. He holds both 8i and 9i DBA certifications as well as a Masters of Science degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. Prior to starting TRS Consulting LLC, Richard worked as a principal consultant for Oracle's Advanced Programs Group.

This was last published in July 2004

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